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That's Not Fair!

Monday, November 11, 2019

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“I mean, I really do think that love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn’t fair. It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.” - William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“That’s not fair!”

How many times have we heard these words? How often have we said them? We all want life to be fair. In our minds, we feel entitled to what is just and right. We deserve it, especially when we do good... or so we say.

The Bible is full of individuals who could have uttered the phrase “That’s not fair!” Joseph was sold into slavery and wrongfully imprisoned. Daniel was thrown into a lion’s den for praying to God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were cast into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow down before a statue. Job lived righteously, yet he lost everything. Stephen, and many of the early disciples, were martyred for their faith. Jesus was falsely accused and crucified.

So, is life fair? Of course not. But who promised it would be? As Christians, we should know this all the more. Trials are a given. II Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Do not be disheartened. These trials serve as an encouragement. Matthew 5:10 states, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Likewise, Luke 6:22 reads, “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!”

Life isn’t fair. Praise God for that.

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 ESV

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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